Published On: January 31, 2020Categories: Art, Exhibits
From the Hands of our Ancestors: The Art of Corn husk has brought the ancient connection between the Haudenosaunee people and corn to life for all to see.
“Corn husk is something that is natural and comes from the earth. It becomes medicinal when working with corn husk and brings a sense of peace when working with it. Working with corn husk also brings people together where language, culture, and history is passed on orally. That being said, working with corn husk is not only a revitalization of weaving, however it brings our culture alive in its truest form.” – Frazer Sundown
Frazer Sundown and Elizabeth Doxtater show the diverse uses, and the beauty of Corn husk.
Playing in the exhibition is Sundown’s recorded workshop with demonstrations of Corn husk twining and stories about the art.
According to Doxtater, the cornhusk doll goes back to the time of Creation when corn was first given to the Haudenosaunee people.
“If the character is sad or happy they can picture that emotion on the dolls face,” she said. “The cornhusk doll was created to entertain the children and to help the parents teach them values.”
The cornhusk doll is also intentionally faceless to remind the people to stay humble and not become consumed with their external appearance. It also would inspire children to use their imagination when playing with the dolls.
Every piece in this collection tells a story, and holds a special energy that you can’t help but feel when you walk through the Gallery.
Watch a clip of the filmed Workshop of Cornhusk Twining with Frazer Sundown
Have you visited the museum to see our current exhibition? Make sure to visit before Doug Maracle: Come Walk With Me is gone!Doug Maracle is Mohawk Nation, Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River and is known around the world for his craftsmanship and artist works. It wasn’t until more recently that his hometown discovered his talents.This exhibition celebrates the diversity of Doug’s body of work. The work includes wood carvings, prints, and pen & ink sketches meshed with a sense of humour, history, and place.The viewer will learn about what inspired Doug’s artistic practice to encourage visitors to understand the process of sculpting techniques and encourage a younger generation to become interested in the connection between art and narrative of the Haudenosaunee culture within the context of the history of art in Canada. The exhibition provides a point of departure to open the context of craft vs fine art, identity, and process.This exhibition will be closing before we’re back from our Christmas break and unfortunately cannot be extended. Be sure to visit the museum before December 22 to see Doug’s incredible work. Find out more info about visiting Woodland: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/contact-us/ #OnHeritage #OntarioHistory #Indigenous #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousArt #IndigenousEvents #FirstNations#FN #IndigenousKnowledge #IndigenousCulture #BrantOnt #TruthandReconciliation ... See MoreSee Less